5 Retail Design Tips

5 Retail Design Tips

By Clare Evans For independent retailers, standing out from the competition is the key to survival. But when you do not have the budget to compete with big brand counterparts, leaving your mark is not always easy, especially when it comes to following the latest trends in store and retail design. As customers become harder to please, and increasingly desensitized to what they see at retail, indie ... [Read more]

ASD Independent Retailer Conference Highlight: Customer Loyalty Programs

Independent Retailer Conference

At the ASD Las Vegas trade show this week, Independent Retailer publisher Bill McNulty presented his thoughts and ideas on what retailers can do to boost their sales using the Buy Local Movement. "Merging technology and old fashioned customer service is a great way to go," said McNulty, "using a pre-packaged Customer Loyalty program, such as those offered by Perka.com, GetBelly.com, or ... [Read more]

Mall Offers Unique Business Opportunity for Indies

Florida Mall Offers Unique Business Opportunity for Indies

Plaza Del Sol has developed an exciting and affordable lease concept designed especially for independent retailers. The management group is revamping a 400,000 square foot shopping center in Kissimmee, FL, formerly Osceola Square Mall, to provide an international plaza ambiance, while still maintaining its bevy of popular anchor stores. Small retailers have the opportunity to lease one or multiple ... [Read more]

Shopping Behaviors and Their Impact On Retail

Shopping Behaviors and Their Impact On Retail

Research demonstrates that digital content is the most powerful influence in buying decisions. This fourth annual study by Cisco Consulting Services examines technology-based shopping behaviors and their impact on the retail industry. ... [Read more]

Museum Store Association Conference & Expo

Museum Store Association

The 59th Museum Store Association (MSA) Retail Conference and Expo will take place April 11-14 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX. The conference features educational sessions, the debut of the MSA Certificate Program and new Product Development Gallery, and the return of retail boot camp. Product Expo The Expo will be held April 11-12, and features an array of products from ... [Read more]

New NRF Board Members Announced

The National Retail Federation (NRF) announced that six new members have been elected to its Board of Directors. The new board members are: SAP Global Retail business unit chief and SVP Lori Mitchell-Keller Wal-Mart president and CEO Bill Simon JC Penney CEO Myron "Mike" Ullman Tractor Supply president and CEO Greg Sandfort Beall's CEO Steve Knopik Utah Retail Merchants Association ... [Read more]

Retail’s BIG Show 2014 and the Future of Retail

Retail’s BIG Show 2014 and the Future of Retail

Retail's BIG Show 2014 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City starts January 12. Keynote speakers include Sprinkles Cupcakes’ Candace Nelson, designer Rebecca Minkoff and Rick Caruso, founder and CEO of Caruso Affiliated. Nelson, Minkoff and Caruso previewed their thoughts on brick and mortar retail in the 21st century recently with Jennifer Overstreet on Retail's BIG Blog. ... [Read more]

State Retail Associations

State Retail Associations

By Jaclyn DeFeo The existence of state retail associations may be common knowledge, but the importance of being an active member of these associations remains to be thoroughly recognized. While many state retail associations were founded decades ago as a force in fighting and rewriting legislation, today they have added a long list of member benefits to coincide with their lobbying activities. ... [Read more]

Create Packaging That Carries Your Brand

Create Packaging That Carries Your Brand

By Melissa Molyneaux The shopping bag's days as a purely utilitarian tool are over. In fact, some marketers say that the shopping bag is as important as the goods inside. It can deliver advertising messages, act as a souvenir, or serve as gift wrap. Most importantly, it provides an opportunity to build your retail brand. Packaging is the only part of your store environment that exits with the ... [Read more]

Prevent Return Fraud

Prevent Return Fraud

Return fraud costs retailers billions of dollars every year.  According to the National Retail Federation's 2013 Return Fraud Survey, the industry will lose an estimated $8.76 billion to return fraud this year, and $3.39 billion during the holiday season alone. Overall, 5.8 percent of holiday returns are fraudulent, up slightly from 4.6 percent last year. Retailers can, however, take steps to ... [Read more]